'OZone Email Newsletter for April 2019

 Gospel Tent Shades of Praise

In the APRIL 2019 Issue of the 'OZone,
WWOZ's monthly newsletter:
WWOZ Piano Night, April 29 | Jazz Fest Live Broadcast | 2018 Jazz Fest Broadcast Wins LAB Award | Celebrating Jazz Fest's 50th Anniversary | Hear French Quarter Fest on WWOZ | Spring Membership Drive Highlights and Thank-Yous | Volunteer Profile: Jerry Lenaz | Show Host Profile: Peggy Lou | Brass Pass Pickup Information | Recipe: Dirty, Dirty Rice | Quick Links

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Ellis Marsalis

Ellis Marsalis.

WWOZ Piano Night, April 29

Piano Night, our flagship benefit, happens on April 29, the Monday night between Jazz Fest weekends. In addition to its usual stellar lineup showcasing the New Orleans Piano Tradition (Ellis Marsalis, Marcia Ball, Jon Cleary, Joe Krown, Tom McDermott, Craig Adams, Josh Paxton and more), Piano Night 2019 has a new feature: "The Byrd's Nest Lounge Patron Party," an intimate showcase in the House of Blues Foundation Room, named after the inspiration for the very first Piano Night: Professor Longhair, AKA Mr. Henry Byrd.

» Piano Night tickets

Monk Boudreaux

Big Chief Monk Boudreaux appeared on last year's broadcast.
Leona Strassberg Steiner

Jazz Fest Live Broadcast

Jazz Fest starts three weeks from today (yep, it's true!) on April 25 and runs through May 5. If you’re not able to make it this year, or if you can't be there every day, remember that WWOZ will broadcast live from multiple stages each day of the festival. Once the broadcast schedule is finalized, we'll post all the info on wwoz.org. So tune in for our award-winning (see the next item below) Jazz Fest broadcast!

» Jazz Fest live broadcast

Beth Arroyo Utterback

WWOZ General Manager Beth Arroyo Utterback.

2018 Jazz Fest Broadcast Wins LAB Award

On March 21, the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters recognized our coverage of the 2018 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival: WWOZ received the top award for the Best Live On-Site Remote. The award recognizes the top broadcast from a live, on-site location; criteria include entertainment value and production as well as information value.

» More on the LAB Award


James Booker

James Booker at Jazz Fest
Photo by Burt Steel, courtesy NOJ&H Archive.

Celebrating Jazz Fest's 50th Anniversary

Professor Longhair, Trombone Shorty, Lighnin' Hopkins and Norman Dixon, Jr: all are included in our latest batch of content occasioned by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival's 50th birthday. Check out all the WWOZ Jazz Fest Time Capsules, Flashbacks, historic photos, videos, and more. For their support of this glorious mountain of content, we're grateful to our sponsors: The Helis Foundation, The Goldring Family Foundation, The Remedy Room, The Ruth U. Fertel Foundation, The Derbes Foundation, Goldfarb Financial, The National World War II Museum, and special thanks to The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation.

» Our Jazz Fest at 50 archive

Cole Williams

The Cole Williams Band plays this year's FQF.
Photo by Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee

Hear French Quarter Fest on WWOZ

French Quarter Fest, America's largest free festival, returns April 11-14. We'll be broadcasting performances from many of the FQF stages, both live and time-delayed, and video streaming and live broadcasting selected acts from our own studios, right in the middle of all the action. More details at the link below as they become available.

» FQF on 'OZ


Waterseed at WWOZ during the drive.
Photo by Kichea S. Burt

Spring Membership Drive Highlights and Thank-Yous

Thanks to those who made our recent Spring Pledge Drive a fun, funky success! First up, mega-props to our listeners, the greatest audience in all of radio and Guardians of the Groove one and all. Thanks as well to all the volunteers, musicians, show hosts, engineers, food donors, photographers and everyone else who made this pledge party a huge success. Check out the links below for photos and videos of over two dozen live performances.

» Pledge Drive Videos
» Pledge Drive Photos
» Thank-yous

Jerry Lenaz

Jerry Lenaz.
Photo by Olivia Greene

Volunteer Profile: Jerry Lenaz

"WWOZ keeps me connected to New Orleans culture and music" says longtime volunteer Jerry Lenaz. "OZ staff and volunteers feel like extended family…. I feel happy to spread the joy of New Orleans." Originally from Princeton, New Jersey, Jerry has produced the Friday Livewire since 2003. He first discovered the station when he was a graduate student of Tulane University’s A. B. Freeman School of Business in 1996. Jerry was part of the consulting club that provided ideas and advice to WWOZ’s young Mango Freeze venture. Thank you, Jerry, for your steady commitment to WWOZ!

» Volunteer at WWOZ

NOFS Seeing Music  

On Air light

Peggy Lou is on Saturday nights.

Show Host Profile: Peggy Lou

We asked Peggy Lou, host of "Awake and Willing" on Saturdays from 10pm to midnight, how she manages to deliver such a clever, seamless flow of themes and music throughout her two-hour program. She replied candidly "That’s the only way I know how to do it!" Peggy Lou joined WWOZ in 2000 when the station was in Armstrong Park. She had been a host on KVMR in Nevada City, California for 15 years before moving to New Orleans. Peggy Lou says that being a DJ is perfect for someone who is connected to music, but "too lazy to become a musician." We can’t imagine Saturday nights on WWOZ without her familiar voice thanking her listeners: "I wouldn’t be here if you didn’t turn me on!"

» WWOZ Program Schedule

NOJH Foundation

The Foundation on N Rampart.

Brass Pass Pickup Information

If you bought a Brass Pass for Jazz Fest 2019 (thanks much!), you can pick it up according to the instructions at the link below. Also, note that we will not be doing pick up at the station this year; instead, the last distributions before Jazz Fest will be held at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation on North Rampart, a much more accessible location.

» Brass Pass pick up instructions

Dirty Rice

Dirty Rice

Recipe: Dirty, Dirty Rice

Where rice is concerned, as with riffs, dirty is good! Dirty rice, a kind of proto-jambalaya, is staple of many varieties of Southern cooking, including Creole and, of course, Cajun.

» Recipe: Dirty, Dirty Rice


WWOZ Quick Links

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Air time: 
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 10:15am

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